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Cathedrale Notre Dame de Bayeux - Nave
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Bayeux Cathedral is a Norman-Romanesque cathedral, located in the town of Bayeux. It was the original home of the Bayeux Tapestry and is a national monument of France.


The site is an ancient one and was once occupied by Roman sanctuaries. The present cathedral was consecrated on July 14, 1077 in the presence of William, Duke of Normandy and King of England. It was here that William forced Harold Godwinson to take the oath, the breaking of which lead to the Norman conquest of England.

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